In Ground basketball hoops should be the first choice for anyone who wants the absolute best basketball experience at home. Since they are cemented in the ground, the poles are much more rigid, giving better rebound. Installed poles can also carry sturdier brackets and backboards, so the rest of the parts of the basketball hoop are usually better quality than portable hoops. While these units take more effort to install, and require you to buy concrete from a local hardware store, they last long and are a blast to play on.
Low End In Ground Basketball Hoops
Shopping for basketball hoops on a budget? There are a few options under $300 that can help you start playing basketball at your home without breaking the bank.
One of the most affordable options is the Spalding 88351 NBA 44″ Polycarbonate Backboard In-Ground Basketball System. This bare bones system has a 44 inch backboard, a 3.5 inch pole, and a 16 inch offset (the distance from the pole to the backboard.) It includes an adjustment system that can bring the basketball hoop all the way from the regulation height of 10 feet down to 7.5 feet, so it’s great for kids.
If you want to get something a little more advanced, but still very affordable, consider the Lifetime In-Ground Basketball System with Shatterproof Fusion Backboard, 50-Inch. This system features a bigger, 50 inch backboard and an easier to use adjustment system.
To make installation easier for this system, and all Lifetime systems, also purchase the ground sleeve. Rather than cementing the basketball hoop directly into the ground, you just have to cement this sleeve, and slide the pole into the sleeve. In addition, the sleeve gives the power to remove the basketball hoop easily should you want to.
Medium Range Basketball Hoops
If you have a little more money to spend on an in ground basketball goal, then you can afford to get systems with bigger backboards, sturdier poles, and longer offsets.
Do you want a pro-style glass backboard but don’t have thousands to spend? Then you should get the Silverback SB-54iG In-Ground Basketball System with 54-Inch Tempered Glass Backboard. Despite being under $600, the Silverback system includes a 54-Inch Temperated glass backboard for super high quality rebounds, making it one of the best bangs for your buck in the industry.
If you are willing to spend a little more on a bigger backboard, they also have a model with a backboard that is sixty inches wide: the Silverback SB-60 In-Ground Basketball System with 60-Inch Aluminum Framed Tempered Glass Backboard. Both silverback systems include a 7 year warranty that protects the goals.
High End Basketball Hoops
Do you want to get the best of the best? There a few basketball systems that can make playing in your driveway feel like you’re playing in Madison Square Garden.
One of the best systems on the market right now is the Spalding Arena View In-Ground Basketball System with Glass Backboard, 72-Inch. It has a glass backboard, and is in every sense is a 100% pro style system, down to the regulation 72 inch board and four foot offset.